The mayor of London Boris Johnson has added further fuel to the flames with his latest comments regarding airport expansion in the south of England.
Already championing his vision for a 'Boris Island' airport in the Thames Estuary, which has met with fierce criticism from environmental campaigners, the mayor has now suggested that Stansted airport should be expanded in the meantime.
"If we built another runway at Stansted and put in a high-speed line that would be a fantastic step in the right direction," he said.
"And then [we can] look at another hub."
However, this plan has been rejected by the airport itself.
"Our focus is to drive growth at Stansted on a single runway," BAA Stansted told ITV News.
"Stansted is only operating at half its permitted capacity as it is," added Carol Barbone, Campaign Director of Stop Stansted Expansion.
So far, Conservative leader David Cameron has refused to commit to any particular course of action.
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